Recession has forced thousands to go to the streets and look for jobs. But since there is limited vacancy, the chances of gaining employment is very slim. Some have relied on government support but this is not a strong source of income and will not last long.
But the trouble in gaining employment is primarily rooted in the lack of attention. You cannot get hired because there are hundreds of other applicants who will get in the way during the job hiring process. You have to look for other sources or platforms in order to meet the decision makers and gain employment.
One of those unique but very feasible techniques is to attend conferences and trade shows. This is where businesses and companies meet so that they can update each other on the latest innovations and how to survive the challenges in the industry. This is also the perfect chance to improve networking since hiring managers and other key decision makers will most likely show up in these shows.
Not Necessarily on the Same Industry
At first glance, this technique in meeting potential employers could be difficult especially when the trade show is not your expertise. You might not have any idea about the industry and simply ruin your chances of employment because you don’t know anything at all.
But don’t look at the situation as a way to impress possible employers immediately. Think of this as a way to meet people and know more about the industry. Trade shows and conferences is where you can ask questions and learn about the industry since this is exactly the reason why the conduct such events – to make the public aware of their presence.
Going as an Individual
The easiest way to gain access to these conferences is to attend as an individual. Most, if not all trade shows and conferences allow individuals to be part of the trade show. There might be some fees involved but the chance of networking should never be ignored.
The only downside of being an individual during trade shows is the inability to immediately attract attention. You have to compete with others who visited the conference to meet possible employers. But this can also be used to your advantage as you meet more people who want to be part of the industry.
Visit as a Company
Another option for job seekers while visiting conferences and trade shows is to appear as an entrepreneur. You have to literally become a businessman and visit these trade shows. You have to ask for a permit, business licenses and other documentations to be part of the trade show.
Although establishing a business will cost you some funds. This will help you attract business contacts. This way, you will be able to talk to decision makers since you are in business yourself. You can slowly work on your company, earn in the process and improve your reputation for future employment.